Tips on how to save energy:
If you don’t have the luxury of Solar Panels on your home, there are other ways you can save on your energy bills.
There are many things you can do to reduce your bills and your energy consumption. These range from costly measures, like retrofitting your home, to small things, like washing your clothes at a lower temperature. By adopting some of these changes and habits, you can have more money in your pocket and know that you are doing something good for the planet at the same time.
- Set your temperature: Setting your temperature to a slightly higher temperature can help you save energy. Try to keep your temperature at 24 – 26°C or higher
- Keep the air filter clean: A dirty air filter can reduce the efficiency of your AC. Cleaning your filters can save up to 10% on energy costs, so make sure to clean it regularly.
- Clean the Air Conditioner coils: If you have not had a professional air conditioner clean in over 12 months it may have build up of contamination on the indoor coils which can increase your energy consumption. Call a professional to clean the internal components of your air conditioner and you can save up to 28% on energy costs. Sanitair are located around the country you can contact your local Sanitair HVAC Hygienist 1800 130 168.
- Use ceiling fans: Ceiling fans can help distribute cool air throughout your home, allowing you to set your AC at a higher temperature and still feel comfortable. If you don’t have a ceiling fan use a portable fan to circulate the air in your home
- Eco Setting: Use the eco setting, if your air conditioner has one.
- Dry Mode: On mild but very humid days, try your air conditioner’s ‘dry’ mode if it has one. This is a light cooling mode that focuses more on reducing the indoor humidity.
- Turn On Early: On a very hot day, turn the air con on early rather than waiting until your home becomes very hot (when it will have to work harder).
- Ducted air conditioning; or more than one unit, use zoned cooling so you’re only using the air conditioning in rooms you are occupying. Keep doors closed so the air is circulating only in areas being used, rather than the whole house, that may be empty.
- Auto Settings: The evenings are usually cooler – set your air conditioner to turn off later in the evening while you sleep
- Block out the sun: Close blinds and curtains during the day to keep the sun’s heat out. You can also use reflective film on windows to block out heat and UV rays.
- Seal your home: Check for air leaks around doors and windows and use weather stripping or caulk to seal them. This will help keep cool air inside and reduce the amount of work your AC has to do.
- Use energy-efficient appliances: Energy-efficient appliances, like refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines, can help you save energy and reduce your electricity bill.
- Use natural ventilation: Open your windows and doors during the cooler parts of the day to let in fresh air and create a natural breeze.
- Use energy-efficient lighting: Switch to LED or CFL light bulbs, which use less energy and produce less heat.
- Reduce hot water usage: Use cold water for laundry and turn down the temperature on your hot water heater. Put your hot water onto ‘off-peak’ usage.
- Cook outside: Avoid using your oven and stove in the summer, which can generate heat and make your home hotter. Try BBQ outside or eating cold meals.
By following these tips, you can reduce your energy consumption and save money on your electricity bill with the extra added bonus of clean indoor air.